The Spiders first midweek game of the season saw Craig Joyce return Nicole Cairney into the team, as Abbi McDonald dropped to the bench. It was, however, a bigger bench than Sunday’s game as Sophie Bayless, Hannah Fulton and Chloe Docherty returned to the matchday squad.
The first chance of the night came from a Rachael O’Neill free-kick inside the opening 2 minutes. This gave those in attendance a glimpse of what was to come as Queen’s Park looked fired up.
The next real half-chance of the game was converted by O’Neill for her first Spiders goal. Yasmin Boyce delivered a free-kick from deep inside the Kilmarnock half. Eleanor Smith won the first header and O’Neill was there to half-volley the ball past Lauren McGregor.
Very shortly after, the Spiders doubled their advantage. Leah Daly flicked the ball over the top onto Abby Callaghan. Callaghan then exchanged a number of passes with Nicole Cairney and once in the box pulled the trigger, scoring her 2nd goal of the week.
The rest of the first half was played at a frantic tempo as the Spiders looked to add a third goal, and Kilmarnock searched for a lifeline to get back into the game.
Attempts on goal from O’Neill, Callaghan, Carla Todd and Eleanor Smith weren’t troubling McGregor, while Kilmarnock were only able to force Chloe Gibney into a handful of comfortable saves.
Half-Time: Queen’s Park 2-0 Kilmarnock
As the second-half got underway, Kilmarnock turned the game on it’s head quicker than you could say ‘Come on Queen’s Park’.
Monica Harty crossed the ball into the 6 yard box, Gibney, Ciara Bonner and Mhairi Fyfe had a coming together and the ball ended up in the net.
The goal put some wind into Kilmarnock’s sail. For the next 10 minutes or so, Queen’s Park had to restricted the visitors to possession away from Gibney’s goal.
The more the Spiders did this, the more of a control they regained in the match. Nicole Cairney had a good chance from an excellent O’Neill cross. Leah Daly tried her luck from the edge of the penalty area.
On 77 minutes, Nicole Cairney sealed the victory for Queen’s Park. Taylor Davis played the ball to substitute Caitlin McKee. The striker headed the ball expertly into Cairney’s path, and then slotted the ball underneath McGregor in the Kilmarnock goal.
Full-Time: Queen’s Park 3-1 Kilmarnock
Queen’s Park: Chloe Gibney, Eleanor Smith, Ciara Bonner, Yasmin Boyce, Taylor Davis, Ellie Kane, Nicole Cairney, Leah Daly (Abbi McDonald, 90′), Rachael O’Neill, Abby Callaghan (Caitlin McKee, 67′), Carla Todd (Sarah MacLeod, ’75′).
Subs not used: Sophie Bayless, Hannah Fulton, Chloe Docherty.
Kilmarnock: Lauren McGregor, Reese McCulloch, Georgia Crooks (Mhairi Fyfe, 46′), Abby Robinson, Monica Harty (Kirsty Munro, 80′), Louise Cowan, Lisa Swanson (Lucie Burns, 46′; Eva Gray, 60′), Laura McLaughlin, Lauryn Reside, Rebeca Gault, Kelsy Crainie (Evie Robertson, 80′).
Subs not used: Rosa McQueen, Lucy Neil.